Wintertime here in New Hampshire can be pretty magical.
We have some of the best skiing in the country, whether you do downhill or cross-country skiing, right outside our doors. You can go ice fishing on our lakes, hit the trails for snowmobiling or snowshoeing, or stay home and watch from the warmth of your living room while the kids build snowmen and snow forts outside.
One thing on your winter to-do list you may not enjoy is clearing the driveway and walkways around your home. But it is essential, especially for your heating oil delivery and/or propane delivery. If the Johnny Prescott delivery driver cannot safely get down your driveway or to your fuel tank, we will unfortunately not be able to deliver the heating oil or propane you need for your home’s safety and comfort.
To ensure our delivery drivers can safely deliver your fuel, we request that customers clear their driveways to a width of 10 feet or more. Sloping driveways can be a challenge for our heavy trucks but applying de-icer and/or sand before we arrive will make the delivery much easier. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Once our delivery driver is down your driveway, we’ll need to get to your propane tank or your heating oil tank’s fill line.
A path of at least one foot in width must be maintained from the driveway to the fuel tank or fill line location. If you hire someone for snow removal, ensure that they are conscious of exactly where your storage tank or fill pipe is located so that any piles of snow produced by their plowing do not create an obstruction.
Place a tall pole topped with a brightly colored flag or ribbon next to your fuel tank or fill line to let our delivery driver know its location even if snow is piled around it.
If you’re planning a winter vacation, it’s essential that you set up arrangements for snow and ice removal beforehand in the event of a required heating oil or propane delivery while away. Does your driveway or the path to your fuel tank have a locked gate? Please be sure to have someone on hand to unlock it if we need to make a fuel delivery during your vacation.
Automatic Delivery customers are asked to let Johnny Prescott know if they are going to be away for more than a week at a time during the winter. This is because our calculations for when you will need a fuel delivery are partially based on your propane or heating oil usage. Informing us of your plans may prevent an unnecessary delivery to your home.
If you have an outdoor heating oil tank or an aboveground propane tank, sweep away the accumulation of snow with a broom. Never use a shovel for this task as this might cause harm to the tank or its components.
This task is essential, as excessive snow accumulation can put tremendous pressure on your tank which may lead to cracks and misalignments, as well as potentially dangerous fuel leaks.
Keeping your tank clear of snow is especially important if you have propane. Propane shrinks in the cold. If the temperature in your tank gets too low, the propane pressure may get so low that the propane cannot reach your home’s gas burners. Removing any snow or ice from your propane tank allows the sunlight to keep the propane in your tank warm, thereby maintaining the necessary pressure levels to heat your home. An accumulation of snow on top of the tank can prevent sunlight from warming the propane.
Get the most reliable propane and heating oil delivery service in the greater Concord area! Become a Johnny Prescott customer today.
Businesses select heating oil for a vast array of reasons, yet one of the primary ones is its impact on their finances. Choosing and installing an oil-powered system can save up to 25% compared to natural gas furnaces or boilers, making it a smart investment that any business should take advantage of.
Let Johnny Prescott help your New Hampshire business reap the advantages of commercial heating oil. Our responsive, local team understands precisely what it takes to keep your company running efficiently and offers personalized services that you can trust. We are here to provide you with dependable delivery solutions!
Our commercial fuels specialists will assess your business and the area you need heated, and then craft a custom delivery schedule for commercial heating oil that is also adjustable.
Oil-fired heating systems are the ideal energy source for any business. Not only can they rapidly heat your area, but their durability and high efficiencies (95% or higher) also guarantee that virtually every penny spent on heating oil is going towards heating instead of being lost through combustion. Additionally, these furnaces and boilers are straightforward and simple to maintain and repair – making them a no-brainer when choosing an efficient and cost-effective heating solution!
Not only do oil-fired furnaces and boilers boast high levels of efficiency, but they also have an impressive lifespan with the proper upkeep — up to 30 years! Contrastingly, natural gas-fired furnaces and boilers will likely not last longer than 11 or 14 years.
If you’re looking for a reliable heating solution for large spaces such as factories, warehouses, retail stores or distribution centers then using heating oil is your best bet since it can save you lots of money in the long run.
There are so many Concord-area businesses, municipalities, school districts, and institutions that rely on diesel fuels to get jobs done and keep facilities functioning, including:
Diesel doesn’t just power cars and trucks. It can also power heavy equipment such as backhoes, pavers, excavators, bucket loaders, earthmovers, cranes, bulldozers, and more. It also runs municipal and school vehicles such as shuttles, school buses, snowplows, and first responder vehicles.
Diesel also powers large commercial generators for hospitals, nursing homes, and healthcare facilities so lights stay on, and essential medical equipment has power.
Johnny Prescott also provides customized diesel fuel services with our team of licensed, skilled, and experienced delivery drivers. We provide customized bulk or skid delivery of both on-road and off-road diesel fuels and can set up storage tanks and pumps at your site.
Get the reliable commercial heating oil and diesel services your business can trust! Contact Johnny Prescott today to set up a consultation.
If you’ve never used propane in your home but are considering it, or if you’re moving to a propane-powered home, know that you’re about to experience some serious benefits!
A home that uses propane provides occupants with greater energy efficiency, comfort, and amenities. Here are some of the benefits you can expect.
You can enjoy all of this and more with Johnny Prescott’s complete propane services! We provide dependable propane delivery with our option of Automatic Delivery. We also give you safe, expert propane tank installation and affordable propane tank leasing.
If you are wondering what propane tank size you need, Dale has propane tanks in a complete range of sizes.
120-gallon and 150-gallon tank. These tank sizes will be enough if you only use propane for one appliance such as a clothes dryer, range, or fireplace.
250-gallon tank. This tank is the right size for a home with multiple propane appliances, such as a water heater, range, fireplace, and clothes dryer. Keep in mind though that it’s not large enough to provide whole-house heating.
500-gallon tank. This is the tank size you will need if you heat your home with propane.
1,000-gallon tank. Though commonly used in industries and businesses, these tanks can also be useful for very large homes with multiple appliances that use a lot of propane, like whole-house heating or pool and spa heaters.
Yes, propane is inside your tank. But it isn’t the gas that comes into your home. That’s because propane must first be compressed into a liquid before it can enter your tank. The propane is pressurized and then stored below its boiling point of -44°F, where it will remain a liquid until you are ready to use it.
By opening the valve, you lower the internal pressure of the propane in your tank which then exposes it to outside temperatures. As a result, the liquid propane (LPG) turns into a vapor and provides power to all appliances in your home that use propane.
Propane is an invisible and odorless gas. To make it detectable, an odorant, usually ethyl mercaptan. is added during processing. The smell of the odorant is often described as being like rotten eggs.
It is critical that you know how to turn off your propane tank’s supply valve in the event of a leak, severe weather, or needing to evacuate your home. We’ll be happy to teach you.
A white or beige propane tank may not be the most attractive thing in your yard, but there is a reason for that color choice: safety. You should never paint it a darker color to make it blend in with your landscaping.
Excessive pressure build-up inside a propane tank is usually caused by heat. Liquid propane expands 17 times faster than water. A white or beige tank reflects heat, keeping the liquid propane cooler and safer from too much pressure. Dark colors absorb heat and can cause the dangerous expansion of liquid propane.
Need a propane tank for your New Hampshire home? Johnny Prescott has you covered! Contact us today to learn more about our propane tank installation and leasing!
If you are facing having to buy a new water heater for your New Hampshire home, you may be surprised that there are multiple options available on the market.
Johnny Prescott is here to help with expert water heater installation, maintenance, and repair services. Choosing which water heater is right for your home is a personal decision based on your home, your needs, your priorities, and your budget. We’ll thoroughly discuss all your options, so you feel secure in your choice.
Storage water heaters, as their name implies, store hot water for you in a storage tank. Residential water heater tanks typically hold 20 to 80 gallons of water in a reservoir. When you need hot water for your sink, shower, or appliances like your dishwasher or washing machine, the system releases heated water from the top of the tank. As the initial hot water is expended and used, the water heater warms more water so that it will be readily available.
By replacing your old water heater with a new tank model, you can reduce your energy bill
significantly. Tank water heaters are an affordable and easy installation, two factors that make them appealing to homeowners.
A tankless water heater gives you endless hot water, on-demand. Cold water from your supply line enters the heater, where it is instantly heated and sent to where it is needed. It keeps heating water as long as you need it so you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water.
You can decrease your yearly water heating energy costs by up to 40% simply by switching to a tankless water heater. Water heating makes up about 20% of an average home’s energy consumption, so you can see that the savings are significant.
If you are looking for a water heater that will last, investing in a tankless model is the way to go. On average, these models provide 20 or more years of hot water, whereas traditional tank heaters only last for 10.
Indirect water heaters utilize your home’s heating system to warm the water. They are very energy efficient and can help reduce your water heating bill, especially during the colder months. Indirect heaters are more expensive than other types of water heaters overall because they need to be connected with your home’s heating system, which makes installation more involved.
You can avoid the hassle, stress, and expense of having to replace your water heater because your current one failed. All you need to do is inspect your water heater regularly. If you see any of the below issues, contact Johnny Prescott and we’ll come to investigate the matter.
Are you in the market for a new water heater? Johnny Prescott is here to help! Contact us today for your free estimate!
Johnny Prescott and our company are happy to help with your home’s furnace in New Hampshire. We provide furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs conducted by our team of trained and skilled service technicians.
Our reliable propane and heating oil delivery services give you peace of mind that your furnace will always have the fuel it needs to keep your home warm, safe, and comfortable throughout the entire winter.
If you have a furnace in your home but don’t know much about it, read on for some frequently asked questions that may help.
Ancient Romans were the first to try a central heating system, which they called a hypocaust. This technology was used for warming bathhouses and other public buildings. Over time, it became a status symbol among the wealthy and was adopted throughout Europe and Africa. Unfortunately, the hypocaust turned out to be dangerous because of the risk of fires or suffocation.
The furnace is one of the oldest types of heating systems still being used today. In 1919, Alice Parker invented and patented the modern central heating system, which resulted in the creation of furnaces as we know them now. Originally, furnaces were powered by coal and wood, but nowadays they use heating oil, propane or natural gas instead.
The furnace turns on when the air in your home drops below your desired temperature setting on your thermostat.
The burner is where your fuel is combusted. The heat exchanger is where the combusted fuel heats the air coming into the furnace through the vent. The blower fan distributes that air throughout your home using your ductwork.
Keeping your furnace running smoothly is simple.
The best way to keep your furnace in excellent condition is by getting an annual maintenance tune-up. Johnny Prescott’s service technicians will clean and optimize every component of your furnace so that it runs at peak efficiency, saving you money on energy costs. A routine tune-up also allows our team to identify any potential issues and fix them before they escalate into larger problems requiring furnace repairs.
Checking and changing your furnace’s air filter regularly is essential for keeping it working properly. Over time, dirt and debris can build up in the filter, reducing its efficiency and potentially damaging parts of the furnace. To avoid this, check the filter monthly and replace it as needed.
A furnace typically lasts 10-15 years, but professional maintenance can help extend its life.
Replacing your furnace may seem like a daunting task, but it could be more beneficial in the long run. Older furnaces can become less efficient over time if not properly maintained, thus costing you more money in energy bills. If repair costs are more than half of what replacing would be, then replacing your furnace is the wiser choice from a financial standpoint.
If your furnace has not gotten its tune-up this year, it’s time to get it done so it’s ready for winter! Contact Johnny Prescott for your appointment.
Is your New Hampshire home heated by a boiler? If so, there are many advantages to it.
Boilers are closed-loop systems that use water to generate heat, and that heat is circulated around your home as water or steam. Water and steam can carry heat more effectively than forced-air heating, meaning the temperature is more consistent throughout your home. This kind of heat is also less drying for skin, furniture, and fabrics.
You may be wondering how to best take care of it so that it keeps running at its peak performance and energy efficiency. Johnny Prescott is here to help, with expert boiler maintenance, repair, and installation services. We also have some tips you can follow to make sure your boiler is running well when we’re not there.
Like your car, your boiler is a big investment. You wouldn’t drive your car for years without oil and filter changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, and other routine maintenance, would you? We hope not!
An annual boiler maintenance tune-up by the experienced, skilled service technicians at Johnny Prescott keeps your boiler operating well and at its best possible energy efficiency, saving you money on energy costs. We clean and lubricate parts, and also conduct a thorough inspection to detect and fix problems before they get worse. This helps to protect you from mid-winter breakdowns and potentially big repair bills.
Many boiler manufacturers include in their warranties a requirement for regular professional maintenance. Our tune-ups can help keep your boiler’s warranty in effect.
The actual tune-up for your boiler is not a do-it-yourself project, no matter how many online videos you watch. You likely do not have the training or tools to do the job right. Getting it wrong could end up costing you more than if you’d simply let Johnny Prescott do the job right the first time.
However, there are some things you can do throughout the year to help take care of your boiler and protect it from breakdowns. Here is a checklist for you.
Once a week:
Once a month:
In addition to the weekly inspection, do the following.
If you haven’t yet scheduled your boiler maintenance, now is the time to do it! Contact Johnny Prescott today to make your appointment!
If you have propane in your home, you know that is an efficient, versatile energy source.
However, with the news about fuel costs lately, you may be worried about your propane costs. Johnny Prescott is here for you. Our propane pricing is competitive, our pricing and payment options let you manage your propane costs your way, and we’re here to show you how the price you pay for propane is determined.
You may think it’s simply supply and demand. That matters, but it’s not the only factor that determines how much you pay for each gallon of propane. Weather, global markets, and more have an impact. Let’s examine some of these factors.
Crude oil and natural gas prices. Propane is a byproduct of processing for natural gas and crude oil. Since natural gas processing generates about 70% of the U.S. propane supply, that has the greatest impact.
Weather. Since propane is used for residential and commercial heating throughout much of the country, weather can affect the price of propane. By the way, this winter is forecast to be colder and snowier than normal here in New Hampshire. However, because propane is used in a wide range of appliances year-round, more than winter weather can impact propane costs. A hurricane can disrupt propane distribution, for example.
Location. If you live close to a propane storage and distribution hub, the less you’ll pay for propane.
There are ways you can keep your propane costs down by reducing how much propane you use.
If you use propane for home heating, a programmable or smart thermostat used properly can cut your heating costs by 10% or more. Here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends you do when programming your thermostat.
After home heating, water heating is the second-largest user of propane in your home. You can reduce your water heating energy costs by 10% by turning down the thermostat on the water heater from the manufacturer’s setting of 140°F to 120°F. Your water will still be plenty hot for bathing and cleaning, and you will also be reducing the risk of scalding injuries.
Johnny Prescott gives our customers ways they can manage their propane costs to best suit their needs and their budgets.
You can choose Pre-Buy, where you purchase your propane ahead of the heating season and aren’t affected by any price spikes. Price Cap allows you to set an agreed-upon cap on how much you will pay per gallon for your propane. No matter what happens in the markets, your price per gallon will never go above the capped price. But if prices fall, so does your price per gallon!
Our Budget Plan gives you the option of spreading out your propane costs over 11 easy, affordable monthly installments so you are not stuck with big bills in the winter.
Get the most reliable propane delivery in New Hampshire. Become a Johnny Prescott customer to make having propane worry-free!
Do you heat your home with heating oil? If so, you know it can’t be beat for home heating! One reason is that no other fuel gets your home warm faster than heating oil.
Reliable heating oil delivery from Johnny Prescott allows you to enjoy the benefits of heating oil. With our Automatic Delivery, you have no work and no worries when you can enjoy the benefits of heating oil without worry.
Here’s some more information about heating oil.
No. 2 heating oil and diesel fuels are distillates that have been produced from crude oil and have a low viscosity. While No. 2 heating oil has a nearly identical chemical makeup as diesel fuels, they are used for different purposes.
Because consumers use No. 2 heating oil to heat their houses rather than on-road transportation, it is not subject to the federal excise tax. Thus, it is dyed red – like off-road diesel fuel, which is also untaxed – to distinguish it from taxed on-road diesel fuel.
No. 2 heating oil is frequently referred to as home heating oil or fuel oil so that it does not get confused with diesel fuel.
No. 2 heating oil, as with diesel fuel, has a winterized option called winter blend. This mixture of No. 2 and No. 1 heating oils is less likely to gel in freezing temperatures and will run more smoothly in your furnace. You may sometimes see this winter blend called kerosene mix.
The heating oil Johnny Prescott delivers to your New Hampshire home isn’t the same kind of heating oil that your parents and grandparents used.
The heating oil industry has been working hard to create a cleaner burning product that is more environmentally friendly as part of its goal to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. This has led to some dramatic changes in the last few decades.
The biggest change in recent years has been the introduction of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO). Since 2018, all heating oil delivered in New Hampshire must be ULSHO, meaning that it must have 15 parts per million (PPM) or less sulfur content. Traditional No. 2 heating oil contains an average of 4,000 ppm.
The lowering of sulfur in ULSHO provides a host of advantages. First and foremost, as the world works to combat climate change, greenhouse gas emissions are significantly lower than traditional heating oil, making it much better for the environment.
Not only is lower sulfur content better for the environment, but it can also help you save money on your winter heating costs. When there is less sulfur in heating oil, furnaces and boilers are able to operate more efficiently. Because sulfur is reduced, fewer deposits are left on heat exchangers in your furnace or boiler. Thanks to that, wear and tear on your heating system is reduced, helping it run more smoothly with fewer breakdowns and a longer life expectancy.
This is just the beginning of the advances as the heating oil industry continues its environmental protection efforts. The use of biodiesels, made from renewable resources such as plant oils and algae, can help reduce our dependence on foreign oil while also helping heating oil to be even cleaner burning.
If you’re in Concord area communities such as Bow, Pembroke, Hopkinton, and Contoocook, count on Johnny Prescott for the most reliable heating oil delivery around! Become a customer today.
It seems every time we turn around, something is taking a bigger bite out of our wallets this year. We felt the pain at the pump when we filled our cars’ gas tanks. At the grocery store, we watched the price of everything creep up. Clothing, household essentials, and so many other things became more expensive.
It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us are looking toward the coming winter with dread, especially since it is forecast to be colder than normal.
We have no idea where energy costs will go this coming winter. At Johnny Prescott, we help our customers keep their heating costs under control in multiple ways. One way is with pricing and payment options for heating oil and propane.
Another way is with expert furnace and boiler maintenance by our team of skilled and experienced service technicians. Now is the ideal time to schedule your heating system’s annual maintenance tune-up. Because most people put this off until later in the fall, our schedule is more open so we can do your tune-up sooner and at a time that is more convenient for you. No matter when the first cold snap hits, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your boiler or furnace is ready to go.
But that’s not the only reason to schedule your tune-up now. Regular professional maintenance of your heating system can help you save money, something we could all use right now.
These are the four benefits you receive when opting for a professional furnace or boiler tune-up every year.
Improve energy efficiency. Maintaining your heating system appropriately will allow it to operate at its peak efficiency. This energy efficiency may help you save 10% or more on your heating expenses. Because heating frequently makes up half of a household’s energy spending in winter, the improved efficiency a tune-up provides could save you a nice amount of money!
Prevent breakdowns. There’s a reason they call it “preventative maintenance.” If your heating system is not maintained on a regular basis, it may cost you money. Four out of five heating system repairs may have been avoided if the systems had been professionally and regularly maintained. By having our skilled, experienced service technicians do a tune-up on your furnace or boiler, not only will it run more smoothly, but our service technicians will also have the opportunity to inspect it closely. This gives them the opportunity to detect potential problems and fix them before they develop into bigger problems that could lead to a breakdown and potentially costly repairs.
Protect your boiler or furnace. Heating systems that are properly maintained have a longer life expectancy than those that are not. You won’t have to replace your furnace or boiler as often, giving you a greater return on your investment.
Keep the warranty in effect. Most manufacturers require that your heating equipment be serviced by a professional once a year to keep its warranty intact. If you don’t get the servicing, you risk being held responsible for big repair bills later because your warranty will have been voided.
Cross an item off your fall to-do list and contact Johnny Prescott today to schedule your annual heating system’s annual maintenance tune-up!
For more than 80 years, Johnny Prescott has been serving New Hampshire with reliable fuel delivery. We take pride in our reputation for dependability and responsiveness in taking care of our neighbors.
That is why we offer Automatic Delivery to our customers. It helps us to serve you better by making sure you always have heating oil or propane without worries about checking your tank gauge regularly or running out of fuel.
Johnny Prescott accurately predicts when you will need more heating oil or propane by utilizing the latest technology and a tried-and-true method of calculation. Our computer algorithms use your fuel usage history, real-time temperatures, and weather patterns to calculate when your tank will be 30% full.
We schedule your fuel delivery based on that data, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of propane or heating oil. No more heading out in the cold or wet to check your tank gauge levels, no more having to contact us to request a delivery. Your work is done!
We take your fuel usage history into account when we calculate Automatic Delivery, so it’s critical that you let us know about anything that would significantly change how much propane or heating oil you use. Examples of this include:
If you run out of heating oil, your heating system won’t work, and your house could become dangerously cold.
A heating oil run-out can also damage your heating system. Heating oil sludge could be sucked from the bottom of your heating oil tank, which can clog the oil filter and damage the oil line. You may end up needing to have the oil line bled and the filter replaced, which is an additional cost on top of the emergency heating oil delivery.
The problem with using Will-Call for your propane delivery is that if you forget to check your tank gauge, you could end up running out of propane. A propane run-out can’t be fixed by simply refilling your propane tank. You’re facing inconvenience and extra expenses.
If you need an emergency propane delivery, there will be an added fee. A pressure test on your gas lines to check for leaks in the piping is required and that cost is on you. You are also required to have a professional service technician re-light the pilots in all of your propane appliances, yet another bill you must pay.
Automatic delivery eliminates these hassles and costs.
Become a Johnny Prescott Automatic Delivery customer for peace of mind about your heating oil or propane supply!